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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor twelve years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.  

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, brand and marketing strategies. In her capacity as managing editor she has also travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, as well as attending and speaking at conferences and writing about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

HONG KONG: Crystal Group strives to improve worker communication 21 July 2014

Garment maker Crystal Group has rolled out a new system to improve internal communication with its workers on areas ranging from company news to updates on sustainability and suggestions for factory improvement.

The new project is aimed at solving disputes between employers and employeesMYANMAR: ILO backs project to improve work practices 18 July 2014

A project is to get underway in Myanmar/Burma to develop the capacity of the country's employers' organisations and foster better working practices and solving disputes with workers.

The GFA was signed by IndustriAllSPAIN: Inditex renews agreement to track the supply chain 8 July 2014

Spanish retail giant Inditex, operator of the Zara fast fashion chain, has renewed a "ground-breaking" agreement designed to monitor and track the retail supply chain.

The volume of apparel imports into the US from Vietnam continues to surgeANALYSIS: Vietnam soars as US apparel imports decline in May 8 July 2014

Despite forecasts suggesting US imports would continue to rise in May - in part to offset the threat of possible industrial action and disruption at major West Coast container ports this summer - the latest data in fact shows apparel imports were down year-on-year. While Vietnam was one of the few countries bucking the overall decline, shipments from China and Bangladesh showed fluctuating fortunes.

UK: M&S reshuffles execs as international director departs 30 June 2014

Retailer Marks & Spencer is shuffling the responsibilities of its executive team in a move that highlights the growing importance of its online and international businesses.

US: Describes BGMEA "sedition" comment as "outrageous" 30 June 2014

A statement attributed to the head of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has been described as "outrageous and unacceptable" by the US.

A cry for help on a Primark label? Apparently not, the retailer saysUPDATE: UK: Sweatshop labels in Primark clothing a hoax 27 June 2014

Value fashion retailer Primark has launched an investigation after notes and messages were found in its clothing, supposedly from garment workers suffering "degrading sweatshop conditions" and "forced to work exhausting hours."

BANGLADESH: 125 labour inspectors undergo training 27 June 2014

Efforts to improve working conditions in Bangladesh's ready-made garment (RMG) industry have seen 125 new labour inspectors undergo training as part of an International Labour Organization (ILO) initiative.

US: Deadline nears for West Coast trade disruption 27 June 2014

As the deadline looms for a new labour contract to be agreed covering dockworkers at 30 West Coast ports, industry officials are warning of "significant" disruption to the US economy if a shutdown occurs.

CAMBODIA: UN rights expert calls for further reforms 26 June 2014

The United Nations human rights expert on Cambodia has welcomed progress towards setting a minimum wage in the country, but has also expressed concerns about ongoing intimidation of workers and trade union leaders.

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